Boys Basketball – VOTE: Orthopaedic Institute Week 5 Player of the Week
Each week over the course of the high school basketball season, Shore Sports Network recognizes the top performers in each division of Shore Conference boys basketball and gives the readers a chance to weigh in.
Read about the eight candidates - six divisional players of the week and two wild cards - from last week and pick the one you think has the best case as the overall Player of the Week, with the winner taking home a Surf Taco gift card. Vote once per hour in the poll at the bottom of the post until voting ends on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Class A North Player of the Week
Jiasion Carpenter, Freehold Boro
Freehold Boro went 1-2 last week but the one was the kind of win that can make the season for the Colonials. Freehold Boro beat rival Freehold Township for the first time in nine years and Carpenter starred with 21 points, 14 rebounds, six steals and three blocks. He also scored 21 points in a loss to Marlboro and poured in a career-high 30 in a loss to Monroe.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Luke Albrecht, Middletown South; Mike Dabas, Middletown South; Alex Ratner, Marlboro; Abdull Al-Shrouf, Howell; Jayce Schaprio, Freehold Twp.
Class A Central Player of the Week
Alex Galvan, Manasquan
Galvan missed three weeks with a sprained ankle and returned just in time for Manasquan. The senior put up 18 points and eight rebounds to carry his team to a 46-40 win over Holmdel, then went off for 25 and 15 in a win over Hillside.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Charlie Gordinier, Red Bank Catholic; John Beattie, St. Rose; Doug Chan, Holmdel; Alex Baker, Holmdel; Jack Carroll, Rumson-Fair Haven; Jaylen Smith, Raritan; C.J. Ruoff, Red Bank Catholic; Ryan Paglia, Shore
Class A South Player of the Week
Ryan Goodall, Toms River East
The Raiders had some catching up to do last week when it comes to the Shore Conference Tournament qualification and Goodall was instrumental in getting that job done. He put up 17 points, five rebounds and five assists in a big win over Southern – the second-place team in Class A South – and followed that up with 22 points and six steals in a win over Brick to cap the week and get Toms River East to within a game of .500 (7-8).
Class A South Honorable Mention: Brandon Thomas, Brick Memorial; Najae Hallenbeck, Toms River North; Jakari Spence, Toms River North; Jake Dombrowski, Brick Memorial
Class B North Player of the Week
Pat Lacey, Wall
Wall made it to February without losing a game in the Class B North division and Lacey has been as steady as any player on the team. The junior guard stepped up last week with 18 points in a win over Middletown North, scored 19 against Howell to win Player of the Game honors at the Jersey Shore Challenge, then put up nine points, three assists and three steals in a big home win over St. John Vianney.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Jack Miller, Ocean; Aidan Horan, Colts Neck; John Beukers, Matawan; Drew Valentino, Red Bank; Nate Williams, St. John Vianney
Class B Central Player of the Week
Elijah Perkins, Ranney
Ranney could be rounding into form just in time, with its young core beginning to gel and junior Kyle Rhoden close to getting healthy coming off December foot surgery. Perkins has been a reliable leader at point guard for the Panthers and he starred again last week by putting up 25 points, nine assists and five steals in a win over Keyport, 14 points and 11 assists against Roselle Catholic – the No. 3 team in the state – in a seven-point loss, and 11 points and seven assists in a win over Point Beach.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Charles Anyichie, Ranney; D.J. Thomson, Keyport; Jake Clark, Point Beach; Nasir Williams, Keansburg; Phil Urban, Mater Dei Prep
Class B South Player of the Week
Amari Petty, Donovan Catholic
Petty had a steady week contributing to Donovan Catholic’s balanced attack, which helped yield a 2-1 week with important wins over Barnegat and Manchester. The sophomore scored 12 points to lead the way in a 53-50, come-from-behind win over Barnegat, then capped a 17-point effort with a go-ahead three-pointer in the final 30 seconds of a 51-48 over Manchester. Petty capped the week with 10 points, four assists and three steals in a loss to Toms River North.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Ryan Savoy, Lakewood; Ryan Skeie, Pinelands; Josh Hayes, Manchester; Matt Weeden, Donovan Catholic; Manny Clay, Jackson Liberty; Samir Padilla, Lakewood; Wyatt Hasselbauer, Manchester; Jaxon Baker, Barnegat
Carson Howard, Lacey
Howard has enjoyed a breakout season as a freshman and his last week was his biggest yet. Not only did the 6-5 rookie put up two major stat-lines in two Lacey wins, but he scored the game-winning tip-in at the buzzer to give the Lions a huge home win over Class B South co-leader Point Boro. Howard posted 19 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in that win, which came after a 22-point, 17-rebounds effort against Jackson Liberty earlier in the week.
Respect Tyleek, Lakewood
The Piners are one of the Shore’s hottest teams and Tyleek has been a catalyst for their resurgence. The freshman had three games with modest scoring outputs in wins over Brick, Pinelands and Neptune, but his performance against Point Boro in arguably Lakewood’s biggest game of the season to date was memorable. Tyleek posted 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out seven assists and added two blocks and two steals to lead Lakewood to a 58-38 road win that snapped Point Boro’s 10-game winning streak.